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Staff Benefits

  • 1.  Staff Benefits

    Posted 24 days ago
    How much, if any,  do you discount tuition for staff who enroll their children in your program? We are in the process of updating our benefits package; currently we provide pension, health, life, and tuition reimbursement.  We are a relatively small program with 75 kids and 19 staff members.

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    Stacey Duggar
    Director
    Trinity United Methodist Preschool
    Tallahassee FL
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  • 2.  RE: Staff Benefits

    Posted 23 days ago
    We allow staff to enroll one child in our program free of charge.  We are a small parent participation school with 50 children and 4 staff members.  Currently, none of our staff have children enrolled in our program.

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    Sherrie Rose Mayle
    Director/Teacher
    Campbell Parents' Participation Preschool
    Campbell, CA
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  • 3.  RE: Staff Benefits

    Posted 23 days ago
    We are a nonprofit about your size. We do free tuition for at least one child. This has helped us recruit and retain staff we otherwise would not have been able to. I think this should be considered by any program that doesn't have a long waitlist. We now have a long waitlist so we may want to scale back the free tuition but it's a nice way to help your teachers with children if you can make it work financially. From what I've heard from other directors free tuition is very uncommon.

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    Nate McCallister
    Director
    SonShine Learning Center
    Minneapolis MN
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  • 4.  RE: Staff Benefits

    Posted 23 days ago
    I am with a small nonprofit preschool in an Episcopal church.  We have about 50 children enrolled, with 12 staff members.  We have a pension program for benefits.  We do offer a 50% discount for a staff child.  I would love to know how you afford health and life.

    Teri Smith
    St. James School for Little Folks
    Hendersonville, NC

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    Teri Smith
    Director
    St. James Episcopal School
    Hendersonvlle NC
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  • 5.  RE: Staff Benefits

    Posted 23 days ago
    Thanks for the reply Teri. We are greatly supported by our church. We provide retirement/pension (9% of their salary), free health care and life insurance. We are able to keep costs low because as a church, we have many employees. (50+, even though the preschool only accounts for 19 of those). We currently offer 50% discount for staff children enrolled.

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    Stacey Duggar
    Director
    Trinity United Methodist Preschool
    Tallahassee FL
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  • 6.  RE: Staff Benefits

    Posted 22 days ago
    Hello Stacy,
    I am a coach in a QRIS in Washington state, so different situation. When I first started out working in child care many years ago, I was the director and gradually worked my way up to free child care.  I believe in the beginning I paid about 50%, but had 2 children. Only 1 was full-time. I do remember there being some issues at some point because child care isn't always an equitable benefit.  I had two children, and stayed with the program for 15 years. (I would like to think I was worth the investment). As I become older, many colleagues had 1 child, but many also had 0. We too paid for certain percentages of health care and tuition reimbursement. Because of the equity issue, I believe some education was paid for that wasn't even in a related field. Everything had to be re-evaluated when enrollments dropped from time to time, and health insurance took a huge hike.

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    Kelly Clark
    Early Achievers Coach
    Everett WA
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  • 7.  RE: Staff Benefits

    Posted 23 days ago
    Hi Stacey,

    When I was a Center Director I always started my response by looking at my current annual budget and my budget projections for at least 2 years. I determine if I could offer a tuition discount for staff. I was careful to determine the percentage I could offer while remaining profitable when I worked for a for-profit company and when I worked for a non-profit organization my calculation factored in 20% of the excess revenue I would be able to put in a reserve fund.


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    Robert Gundling, Ed.D.
    Better Futures LLC
    Senior Consultant
    Washington, DC
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  • 8.  RE: Staff Benefits

    Posted 22 days ago
    Full time staff members receive a 50% discount and half-time staff members receive a 25% discount.

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    Catherine Awong
    Director
    Mililani Presbyterian Preschool
    Mililani, HI, USA
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